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Member Since 23 Jan 2013
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In Topic: Curious... Long Eyelashes?

17 April 2015 - 04:54 AM

Even though I haven't been diagnosed with Celiac I gave up gluten (and many other foods) close to four years ago. I have very long eyelashes. I used to cut them shorter when I was younger because people kept commenting on them - almost obsessively so I felt like a freak. My two boys also have very long eyelashes and are also gluten free due to health issues which have since been resolved. We don't present classically so haven't been tested but we do have other autoimmune issues.

I used to have many symptoms of Lupus but have since resolved.  I am still getting the rosacea flareups when my diet gets off. I find Penatin (the diaper cream) helps calm the redness overnight. I also take zinc supplements during flareups. Dairy and the wrong wine can set my face on fire within minutes of consuming. I am fair skinned so it's very obvious on me.

In Topic: Diagnosed W Both Celiac And Anklyosing Spondolitis

25 March 2015 - 02:40 PM

I know what you mean about the meds not working. I used to go to support groups (online) before the diet change and many of us were/are in the same boat. Just take one step at a time, be aware and research other avenues, and you will notice results. I was gluten light for the first year before I gave it up completely. It just takes time and commitment and then habit change will happen.

In Topic: Diagnosed W Both Celiac And Anklyosing Spondolitis

25 March 2015 - 05:49 AM

I do have arthritis in my spine which is thankfully in remission. I have to expand my diet restrictions to beyond just gluten. One of my biggest offenders are tomatoes. I also have to avoid dairy, potatoes, most vinegars, most legumes, citrus, most corn chips and corn (there is still one brand I can have, yay) high sugar, soy, fermented foods, and a few gluten-free grains. I am hoping to reintroduce these but after eliminating for 6 weeks I noticed once reintroducing they are bringing back cervical pain so they are off the list again. I have been gluten free for three years and it took a long time to really see results and I do elimination diets here and there. Nothing was immediate but it results were certainly there so I am glad I stuck it through. I hope it is just a gluten thing for me and maybe in another year I can reintroduce some of these foods I have to avoid.

In Topic: Does Dairy Affect Your Mood And Mind?

20 March 2015 - 11:12 AM

 I find dairy sets me off and puts me in a foul mood (irritation and anger) for 5-6 hours afterwards. I stay away from it. I can do some hard goat cheese but that's it - no cow or anything with casein.

In Topic: Questioning My Daughter.

11 March 2015 - 05:00 AM

I have never been tested for Celiac because I didn't present classicly. I went gluten free years ago because my other autoimmune conditions weren't being helped with medication so I tried alternative therapy and wow, the diet change changed my life and I will never go back to eating to the traditional low fat, high grain diet again and we ate healthy then.

My problem is the doctor doesn't want to test her for Celiac. He says the stomach aches are from constipation and we got a prescription to address that. We eat properly - plenty of veg, only 1.5 fruit per day but definitely 4-5 servings of veg a day which is pretty high. She drinks water regularly. He hasn't seen the sores on her yet so I should get her in before they heal. Not sure exactly how DH presents itself because hers are individual dots which never appeared as pimples or anything but just like open sores. Part of me thinks bug bites but it's winter and no one else in the family has them. She has 7 on her forehead (between her eyes and just above) and 10 on her right arm. They are all concentrated in the same area. DH looks more like a rash to me but she gets that occasionally encircling her mouth which disappears the next day if we put zinc cream on it the night before.

A couple of other things I have noticed are her paper thin finger nails. I trimmed them yesterday and they seem to be peeling off in layers at the top. She has very fine, thin,dry hair almost like she is malnourished I find. It comes out quite easily too (for a 7 yr old, anyways). No one else in the family presents like this and we all eat the same diet except she gets gluten still but not at home but weekends at friends homes. I guess I just buy some gluten products and get her started for a challenge.